If you're planning to turn your basement into a room where your teens can hang out with friends and have some privacy, the first thing you'll have to do is make sure the room is dry. Even if your basement is rarely wet, you don't want to risk an unusually heavy rain that destroys everything in your basement. A better solution is to ensure the basement will stay dry all the time. One way to do that is by having a sump pump installed. Here are some things to know.
You May Want A Battery Backup
You can have a sump pump installed that hooks up to a wall outlet and you can also buy a battery-operated sump pump. A battery unit is worth considering if the only time you'll need to use the pump is during a storm. If the power goes out, the pump will stop working unless you have a battery backup. If you have frequent problems with water in the basement, then relying on a wall outlet is more convenient since you won't have to worry about changing batteries.
Your Contractor Will Install Drains Too
A sump pump works by pumping water out of a collection well. The water empties into the well through buried drains. Your contractor may bury a drain that goes all around the perimeter of your basement, or the drain might just be along one wall. The concrete slab is busted up so the drain can be buried below the foundation to collect water before it seeps up through the floor. A French drain may need to be installed outside as well. To get rid of the water, the sump pump has to push water up a drain and outside of the house. The water can't empty near the house, so it usually flows into a buried drain that carries the water to a curb or other remote location.
You can buy different types of sump pumps depending on how much you think the pump will be in service. You may just need one on standby for an emergency, or you may want a pump that works every day if needed. A sump pump is an effective waterproofing method for your basement, and it saves you from having to excavate the exterior of your home to reach the foundation for outdoor waterproofing methods. Your contractor can help you choose the right size and type so you can be sure the basement will stay dry enough for you to turn it into a room that's safe for furniture and electronics.
Contact a company like Rite-Way Waterproofing for more information and assistance.